From tapas to Italian to Low Country, then back to tapas, and, yes, even a steak house, these are the top new places to eat
Written by Jon Luther and Richard Thurmond
Photographs by Chris Edwards
6414 Rea Road, in Shops at Piper Glen
Firenze (Chris Edwards)
The Tuscan way of cooking and serving food is based on sourcing the freshest ingredients possible, preparing them simply, and serving them passionately at the proper moment. No fusion, no foams, and no formalities. Owners Giovanni Lorenzi and Jimmy Hermann know this as well as anyone. It's straightforward, honest food. Due to an agonizing redesign of its shopping center home (which is also now home to Trader Joe's), diners have been a little slow to discover Firenze. Here's what they've been missing: Peperone Ripieno, a whole roasted green pepper stuffed with fontina, smoky Parma ham, and fresh basil. And Pappardelle Maremma—freshly made flat noodles with a wild boar ragout. There's a cool half-moon-shaped bar up front—perfect for a glass of wine or a cocktail before dinner.
In the parking lot. It's even worse than the Arboretum. It's dented more fenders than Kurt Cobain.
Glass of vin santo and almond biscotti at the bar.
The Murano glass fixtures throughout.